My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge
In 2014, Mayor Hodges joined Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman in accepting President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is an ambitious initiative to fully include boys and young men of color in our cities’ success and in America’s promise. Its six goals are that every boy and young man of color be ready for kindergarten, read by third grade, graduate from high school, complete postsecondary education, be fully and productively employed, and live free from violence.
President Obama first announced this initiative in February 2014 before formally issuing the community challenge in September. Mayor Hodges was one of the most early and vocal supporters of the plan; she joined White House officials to offer her support of the program when they issued the community challenge.
Local MBK Plan
Minneapolis and Saint Paul are working jointly on the MBK Community Challenge. This work began almost immediately after President Obama first announced the initiative in early 2014.
At the community level, we recognize that many in our cities have been working hard and for a long time to achieve the goals of My Brother’s Keeper. It is not intended to create a new infrastructure on top of the many initiatives we already have, but to harness the collective efforts of the partners already doing this work and focusing, amplifying and lifting up issues as well as successes, while removing institutional policies and barriers to that success.
A joint planning team comprised of nonprofits, education, government and young people is developed a series of actionable recommendations for our Twin Cities, building on existing strong work and collaborations, and engaging the voices of young people themselves in framing the recommendations.
Mayor Hodges and Mayor Coleman unveiled the plan at an event at the University of Minnesota. They were joined by University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Mark Kappeloff, Trista Harris, President of the Minneapolis Council on Foundations and hundreds of community members. The program also included performances by students from the High School of Recording Arts.
Raising up Positive Stories
An important part of the MBK Community Challenge is highlighting success stories, both of personal triumph and of organizations making a difference in the lives of young men and boys of color.
Mayor Hodges and Mayor Coleman invite you to share your positive stories with them by using the webform below. Whether it’s a young person whose story deserves to be recognized; an older person making a difference in the lives of young men of color; or an organization or program that needs to be replicated or built upon. We invite you to share these positive stories with us so we can help highlight them throughout our community.
Last updated Jun 24, 2016